By Pagine Ebraiche staff*
Bnei Brith, one of the most ancient Jewish organizations in the world, donated to Lombardy Region 27,000 high-definition masks made of washable and reusable plexiglass.
Over the last few days, the organization has responded to the request of its Italian branch by promoting a fundraising campaign coordinated by President Charles Kaufman and CEO Daniel Mariaschin, in collaboration with the US Consulate General in Milan and United Parcel Service Foundations.
As announced in a note by Sandro Di Castro, President of Bnei Berith Roma, the equipment was provided by Brother’s Brother Foundation, which owns medical supplies that are delivered abroad in case of disasters and humanitarian needs. Furthermore, UPS Foundation has sponsored free-of-charge transportation of the masks from Baltimore to Milan, in close coordination with the US Consulate and Commercial Service. The personal protective equipment will be distributed “to hospitals and medical staff”, the note says.
Local institutions expressed great appreciation for this donation. “This is a concrete act of solidarity, which confirms the close friendship between the United States, the Jewish community and Lombardy Region. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Bnei Brith and UPS Foundation,” said Alan Rizzi, Lombardy Region’s undersecretary to the President of the Council.
Translated by Claudia Azzalini and revised by Sara Facelli, both students at the Advanced School for Interpreters and Translators of Trieste University and interns at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.